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Table 1 Intervals between symptom presentation, referral and diagnosis for lung cancer patients.

From: Pathways to the diagnosis of lung cancer in the UK: a cohort study

Department Time in days between the two events (median, IQR)
  First symptom presented to primary care to referral Referral to diagnosis First symptom presented to primary care to diagnosis
Outpatient referrals
Respiratory (n = 110) 51 (17, 165) 29 (17, 61) 107 (55, 216)
Other (n = 40) 37 (13, 197) 66 (37, 110) 149 (73, 317)
Emergency inpatient admissions
Self-referred (n = 11) 186 (38, 321) 15 (11, 37) 240 (48, 319)
GP referred (n = 45) 47 (6, 233) 16 (7, 59) 98 (45, 298)
Together (n = 56) 52 (7, 243) 16 (8, 40) 133 (45, 304)